Transition Bournemouth present… VOICES OF TRANSITION!

You are invited to the only screening in this area of the award winning film Voices of Transition, to be shown by Transition Bournemouth on Tues 3rd March 2015 downstairs at Kino Lounge, Bournemouth, BH2 6DP at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00 pm. After the screening we would really like to hear your thoughts and reactions to the issues raised.

Admission free but donations much appreciated!


VoT poster


Slades Farm Community Garden Design Workshop

On Sunday 8th February, we are having get together to review our plans for Slades Farm Community Garden. We will develop and agree our plans for 2015, and review and refine the overall design for the garden for the future.
We’ll be looking for really creative off-the-wall ideas as well as injecting a dose of practicality !

Please bring along any images or objects that you think will be inspiring, and think about any resources or skills you’d be happy to contribute.

Drinks will be available, at least from vending machines or water dispensers but feel free to bring a snack for sharing.
We will be gathering from 09:30 for a 10:00 start, and finishing by 13:00.

The venue for the workshop is room PG10, on the ground floor of Poole House (the main building, housing the reception area) of Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus (Wallisdown, BH12 5BB). There will either be signs to the room from Reception, or someone to provide directions.

A facebook event has been set up called Slades Farm Community Garden Design Workshop – please use it (if you use facebook) to let us know if you will be coming along.Tomatoes

Our first gathering of 2015!

New Year 2015Transition Bournemouth‘s first gathering of 2015 will be held at Kino Lounge Bournemouth in the town centre (39 Bourne Close, Bournemouth BH2 6DP) on Wednesday 21st Jan from 7:00pm. We have the room downstairs to ourselves. Please ask at the bar if you have any trouble finding us.

As always this is a friendly and informal gathering to share ideas and plan for the future. Some items we will be covering include:

  • Updates for ongoing projects such as Slades Farm Community Garden and our energy monitor loan scheme.
  • Creating a repair cafe in Bournemouth
  • Awareness raising film screenings
  • The Big Green Quiz 2015

and much more!

We try and get through the agenda relatively quickly so there is a bit of time for socialising afterwards.

Everyone is welcome!

Picnic in the Park on Sunday

PicnicCome down to the Slades Farm Community Garden on Sunday 28th September and join us for a picnic!

The workday session will run from 10:00 – 16:00, but on a drop-in, drop-out basis. We will be able to provide tools and gloves, but feel free to bring your own.

We will be finishing off the wildlife pond (digging/barrowing/measuring levels), but there will be a variety of other tasks available as it’s a very busy time of year gardening.

At lunch time we will take a break and enjoy eating our packed lunches in (hopefully!) balmy autumn sunshine. Remember to bring something to eat/drink and something to sit on!

We look forward to seeing you Sunday 🙂


Sustainable Food in Bournemouth and Poole

foodcityBournemouth and Poole Borough councils were successful in their bid to see the area become one of six pioneering locations for the national Sustainable Food Cities project. The project aims to encourage and empower regions to take charge of their food procurement, in a sustainable way.

The BH area is working to implement initiatives to bring fishing operations up to sustainable levels and enhance local food production by engaging with existing communal growing activities, as well as providing many more opportunuities for for people to get gardening.

As part of the action plan, the Bournemouth and Pool partnership also aims to encourage food production in the home garden. A project is being brought to life which will provide residents with the know-how and confidence to turn part of their garden over to food, as well as provide them some “starter” plants to get going with. The pilot for this project is set to run in spring of 2015. 

Residents will gain valuable growing experience, which they may like to bring to one of the many community gardens around the BH area, helping the region to head towards a more sustainable and well-fed future.

The Sustainable Food Cities site contains information on all kinds of activities taking place across the country and includes a page detailing the Bournemouth & Poole Sustainable Food Partnerships plans for the coming years.

Slades Farm Wildlife Pond Fencing

With a break in the weather over the weekend, the construction of the fencing around the wildlife pond at Slades Farm Community Garden has begun.


Last Sundays session saw off the the most physically demanding work – that being driving the fence posts into the ground with a manual piledriver which, if you’ve never tried it, takes a lot out of you but it feels great when it’s done – one tip though, definitely wear gardening gloves before you attempt this!

sladesholdpostWith a small group of enthusiastic volunteers taking turns at the hammering, drilling, sawing and piledriving, the two dozen or so posts needed to support the 50-60 meter run of fencing were in place and braced by mid afternoon. Not bad considering a break for sandwiches and homemade cake was included in the task, which attracted a number of dogs over from their walkies to see if there was any going spare!

With the permission of the weather, next Sundays work will see the fencing attached to the posts. This will leave only the gate to be constructed and fitted, completing the fencing run.

The wildlife pond is the latest addition to the Slades Farm Community Garden, complimenting the young fruit trees, vegetable patch and wild flower meadow areas already in place. Over the coming weekends we plan to lay the liner for the pond and fill it up, providing a perfect habitiat for a variety of pond based wildlife.

Wildife Spotting at Slades Farm Community Garden

S0544420The Saturday, 3rd May, the Bournemouth Naturally Project, supported by the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, will be running a wildlife survey at Slades Farm Community Garden, from 10:00 – 12:00.

Everyone is welcome to come and join in.

Also, same place, same day, Bournemouth residents, who bring their current council tax bill, will be able to get their compost on a first-come first-served basis from the car park on Ensbury Avenue next to the community centre at Slades Farm from 09:00 until 1.00pm or when the compost runs out, whichever comes first. (In previous years, the compost has all gone by mid-morning!)

Residents will also need to bring their own bags or containers totalling no more than 70 litres for collecting the compost.

Bournemouth Council’s grand give-away is a as a big ‘thank you’ for residents’ efforts in recycling their garden waste.

Other upcoming events :

Birdtrail: a wildife walk on Sunday May 11th at 09:30am to see deer and birds in the New Forest, starting from Bolderwood Car Park , attended by the chief ranger of the New Forest, the RSPB, and bird experts, and possibly Chris Packham! If you are interested in attending, please contact Paul Levey on 010702 545547 or

Will from Down to Earth Bushcraft is leading another bushcraft walk at Hengistbury head in association with the new visitors centre on May 18th. For more info or to book a place please call the visitors centre: 01202 420909.

Slades on Saturday


Having spent the winter months doing wildlife projects around the garden, we’re now catching up in the veg patch. We have already planted our early potatoes, but still have the main crop to get in, plus sowings for summer salads and roots to do.

Please do come on down and have a look at what’s been going on, or join in and help. No previous experience is necessary, and we can provide tools and gloves, although you are welcome to bring your own.

We will be meeting from 10:00 – 12:00 on Saturday 12th April.

A busy weekend ahead!

There is lots of exciting stuff going on this weekend!

Saturday 29th 

Cherry Tree Nursery Spring Plant Sale

Cherry Tree Nursery (Off New Road Roundabout, Northbourne, BH10 7DA) From 8am to 3pm

cherry-tree-logoA fantastic selection of high quality hardy garden plants including bedding, perennials, herbs, fruit trees and bushes, alpines, shrubs, climbers, roses and trees will be available. Everyone is very welcome. As well as plants, there will be a wide selection of stalls selling local, ethical and fairly traded produce. Free tea, coffee and squash will be available, and delicious barbecued food will be on sale. There will be live music from Cherry Tree’s very own band ‘The Propagators’. Not to be missed!

Cherry Tree Nursery was set up to provide sheltered work rehabilitation, in a supportive but realistic working environment, for people with severe and enduring mental illness. Find out more at

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean Boscombe, Bournemouth

Meet by Boscombe Pier
From 1pm to 4pm

1533841_10151888078921330_1360128403_nIn the wake of the winter storms that have been battering the UK SAS are calling for volunteers to take part in SAS Big Spring Beach Cleans on 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st March to help tackle the marine litter crisis.

Boscombe CF Steward Team, Community Event Network, Surfers Against Sewage & Boscombe Beach needs your helping hands! Join SAS and your local community on Saturday and be part of the biggest Big Spring Beach Clean ever!

Earth Hour 2014

From 8:30pm to 9:30pm

JEarth-Hour-Digital-Logo-oin in with WWF’s Earth Hour, the world’s biggest celebration for our amazing planet!

It’s so easy to take part, all you need to do is sign up and switch off the lights for the hour, joining millions of people from across the world and helping to create a hugely symbolic and spectacular display. Whether you reflect under the stars or celebrate by candlelight, it’s a moment to say you’ll do your bit to protect our planet – not just for one hour, but every day.

What will you do during the hour?

Sign up now here:

Sunday 30th

Slades Farm Community Garden Workday

Slades Farm Open Space in between Ensbury Avenue and Talbot Woods.
From 2pm to 4pm

If you are looking for somewhere to take your dear old mum on Mothering Sunday, (or need a good excuse to get away from your in-laws!), then why not come to Slades Farm Community Garden? The garden is greening up as Spring unfolds. The willows are fluffy with pollen and bursting into green, as are the hawthorns. Some of our fruit trees have started to flower. The currents are just about to break bud and the raspberries are opening their leaves. If you’d like to do more than have a look, we can offer some gentle pottering amongst the veg patches or some more invigorating exercise with hedge planting. There are still some winter greens and winter salads for harvesting, too.

If you would like to do some gardening, we will have a selection of tools and gloves available, but feel free to bring your own if you’d prefer. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

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